Today, many dentists owe the increase in demand for adult orthodontics to Tom Cruise’s investment in his smile. Any Boy have things changed in orthodontic treatment from the full metal bands which were once the only option. Today’s choices range frommuch smaller versions of metal brackets to almost invisible clear aligners.Below are some of the choices availiable

Invisalign: Clear, plastic upper and lower form fitting trays that fit teeth through each straightening
stage, about two weeks per set. Each tray iscalled an “aligner”.The number of “aligners” depends on how much straightening you need.
PROS: Almost undetectable on teeth. Removeable for easy brushing and flossing.
CONS: Not for major straightening. Custom manufactured. so you’ll wait between fittings and delivery. Invisalign is also the most expensive braces choice.

Ceramic Braces:Ceramic braces refer to the bracketsbonded to the teeth. Apparently. This is the style worn by Tom Cruise.
Pros: Made of translucent material, ceramic brackets are more subtle thanshiny metal brackets.

CONS: Although the brackets are translucent, theelastic rings that hold the wire onto the brackets (0ften call “donuts”P)are usually latex, which can stain. .As well, translucent doesn’t mean clear; ceramics could make super-white teeth took dingy. The brackets are also larger than metal, and more brittle so they can chip and break often slowing down the tooth movements needed.

Self-ligating Braces: Similar to standard metal, the difference in these is the brackets. Regular braces need tinyelastic rings (“donuts”)that en¬circle tiny hooks on the face of the brackets to hold the wire against teeth. Self ligating brackets instead have built-in clips to grip the wire.
PROS: Fewer adjustments, less wearing time. In regular braces, the donuts restrict the slip of the brackets along the arch- wire. so teeth shift haltingly into position. As well,
dentists have to remove and replace ligatures at each adjustment visit With self-ligating braces, brackets slide continuously along the process.
Titanium wire can further lessen straightening time and pain. More flexible than stainless steel, titanium has stretch memory. Dentists can tighten titanium wire more without increasing patient discomfort.” Plus, the wire’s gradual contraction helps shift teeth into place faster.
CONS: Smile and the world sees your braces.
Lingual Braces: Wires and metal brackets customized to tit the flip- side of your bite.
PROS: Invisible when you smile because the hard¬ware is behind the teeth.
CONS: Pricier than standard braces. lingual braces are difficult to install as well as keep clean. Their placement also causes initial tongue discomfort and makes speech a tittle tricky.

The bottom line on braces is that whichever option you choose, some-times a smile takes a while (and some discomfort) to perfect. But even an imperfect smile can be appealing. Smile big and be beautiful!